New Megadeth Coming in 2015, Mustaine Confirms '68 Riffs Ready'

"It usually takes a lot of riffs to get where - it's like making Sake," the frontman adds.

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Megadeth mastermind Dave Mustaine announced that the band's new studio effort should drop in 2015, already confirming copious amounts of fresh riffs.

But since the Deth crew's been charging full speed ahead lately, Dave also noted that the guys need a year off to recuperate. "In August we’ll start writing the next record," he told Full Metal Jackie. "We'll probably have a new release in 2015, we're going to take next year off. We've changed management, we've had a lot of stuff happen over this year that's been really good for us."

Naming Gigantour, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath joint performances among 2013's focal points for Megadeth, Mustaine again focused on the new album. "I already have 68 riffs ready for the next record and for me it usually takes a lot of riffs to get where - it's like making Sake," he explained (via Loudwire). "You have to go to the center of that grain of rice for the best stuff."

During the rest of the chat, the singer/guitarist discussed several interesting subjects, such as MTV or bassist Dave Ellefson's Altitudes and Attitude side project with Anthrax bassist Frank Bello.

Speaking about the time he covered the Democratic National Convention for MTV in 1992, Dave noted: "I thought it was fun that with the whole day in Madison Square Garden talking to all these people and the only time I heard the F word was coming out of Phil Jackson's mouth when he said 'F--k MTV.'

"I think maybe he was ahead of the curve because it seems to be the national sentiment nowadays. It's no longer a music channel. It was great for us for a long time, we had a great run with MTV with MTV News, 'Peace Sells.' It kind of sucked that they cut it off one note before we would have gotten paid for it. But, that's corporate America for you."

As far as Ellefson's side project goes, Mustaine wasn't exactly too thrilled about the bassist recent endeavor. However, he didn't bash it either. "I don't know anything about this, so it's not really any of my business," he said. "Whenever I do anything it's always Megadeth centric. The symphony thing we're doing, we're closing with a Megadeth track. I know where home is for me. In the past we have had alumni that have wanted to do other things, nah I don't care if you do other stuff.

"I think the fans kind of do. They wonder, is everything OK? It's OK with me, I haven't heard it. I don't know if it's any good or not, I'm sure it's good. Franky and Junior are good musicians, but I mean, it reminds me of that joke when you're in the jungle and the drums stop, it's very bad then they ask why is it bass solo? I don't know man."

As the latest Megadeth studio effort, "Super Collider" saw its release in June 2014 via Tradecraft.

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    I love the fact that they keep releasing albums, sure, they've had some hits and misses, the misses being the minority thankfully, but I'm just happy to always have some fresh music from these guys!
    Agreed. While I'll admit that I wasn't a fan of Thirteen or Super Collider, I have to respect the work ethic of these guys. They're pretty much putting out a new album every other year, and when they're not recording/writing, they're almost always on the road, touring. Even after a few 'misses' from Megadeth, I'm still curious to see what they'll put out next.
    Mustaine Confirms '68 Riffs Ready Riffs from 1968? That's not gonna sound very good!
    Jumpin' Jack Flash by the Stones, Sunshine Of Your Love by Cream, Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf and While My Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles are a few of the songs published in 1968. If Dave is planning a '68 inspired album, I'm buying it
    I hope the 68 riffs are leftovers from Peace Sells and RIP
    I wish they wouldn't do this, putting out albums every 2/3 years us just bound to make the albums worse and worse, Endgame was awesome, 13 was awesome, and SC was terrible.
    Maybe SC was just a bad album for them. When was the last time they had a truly horrible album? Risk? Okay so 2 out of 14 records. And Risk was a good record that just didn't sound like Megadeth. As Dave has pointed out, if anyone else's name had been on Risk it would have sold.
    In the 80's all their albums were like only 1 or 2 years apart and they're by far their best albums! Same with Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax etc.
    You can't compare that to today where they've been doing this thing for several decades already. Back then all of them had enough energy and drive to shit out riff after riff (and good ones at that).
    Can't wait. I loved endgame and 13 but super collider was pretty mediocre.
    Hell yeah, riffs from 1968!! Inna gadda da vida aint got nothin on Dave's new riffs
    And all ya ''metalheads'' gotta stop bitching about middle-aged men trying to find something to write after 20 ****ing years.
    Well I'm glad the guy still enjoys writing music... You know, like not depending on touring with the same material constantly, Metallica... It may not be like in the 80's but you know when they've lasted this long they still gotta spark...
    Got any decent songs?
    Exactly my thoughts - not a big fan, but hate it when bands say they have x riffs! its like - yeah but how about actually writing a song rather than cutting and pasting a load of stuff together!
    that ****ing 2014 rock on the range line up though!!! Guns N' Roses, Slayer, Mastodon, Avenged Sevenfold, Motörhead (who are also bound for Coachella), Seether, Five Finger Death Punch, Staind, Chevelle, Alter Bridge, Black Label Society, Killswitch Engage, Bring Me the Horizon, Theory of a Deadman, Down, Black Stone Cherry, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, Suicidal Tendencies, and Gojira,Pop Evil, Of Mice & Men, Adelitas Way, Trivium, the Pretty Reckless, We Came as Romans, Fuel, Redlight King, Miss May I, Reignwolf, Thousand Foot Krutch, Texas Hippie Coalition, Rev Theory, Skindred, Kyng, Fozzy, Heaven's Basement, Butcher Babies, Nothing More, Exodus, King 810, Devour the Day, We As Human, We Are Harlot, Kvelerertak, Jim Breuer Band, One OK Rock, Twelve Foot Ninja, Avatar, WERM, Monster Truck, Wilson, and Crobot and Truckfighters
    How many of those are banjo riffs, Mustaine?
    Don't be bitter, guys, I'm joking. I didn't like Supercollider at all, but still I'm looking forward to this new album.
    It's so cool to hate on Super Collider.. let's all tell everyone once again how much we hate it! -.-
    I don´t understand, THE MUSIC WAS MADE TO ENJOY NO TO CRITICIZA, but if you don´t like, don´t hear it!!!, but must be interesting to hear waht each of you are able to make up!!!... sorry for may english.
    68 riffs and a whole bunch of lip synched vocals
    if u think dave lip synchs u really dont watch any live footage because not once has dave performed a song the same as the next show....he knows he isnt a good singer why do anything other than turn up his volume
    I lost interest in these guys. ironic how Megadeth fans criticize Metallica fans for defending Metallica that they weren't "Sell outs" But now.... sure Megadeth probably didn't sell out, they are probably just experimenting like any band but then again that's what Metallica fans said as well
    I jest. Megadeth is one of -the- greatest metal bands in the history of the genre, and Mr Mustaine et al continue to produce high-grade metal some 30 years after the band's inception. As always, we eagerly await your next release, Dave. THANK YOU! \m/
    Cmon Dave we already have hanger 18 we dont want hanger 19 released,, that was meant for studio jamming only.
    this is aweosme to read i read this interview from full metal jackie last night but its still so sweet tosee. 13 and super collider werent great but i enjoy them on occasion, but theyre writing material right now but not officially going into studio until after their touriung and the symphony crap. I think dave playing all the classical material will really influence his song writing abit and i think now till august is a good amount of time for a band to write for an album and then spend a couple months to record and rest. Whether people have enjoyed their last couple releases megadeth has been going hard touring wise and doing a brilliant job and dave sounds better in 2013-14 then he did 2011-2012 now that hes healthy
    Sorry UG, but Dethklok can only be referred to as the Deth Crew.
    Can't believe he's bitching about Junior making an album with Frank freaking a Dave X0
    While all of metallica is banging each other and givin' reach arounds Daves busy screwin' their wives and wrightin' new albums. LMFAO
    It will be a cold day in hell when UG stops reporting boring ass stories on Megadeth. Jesus, it's like Mustaine is the secret owner of UG or something. I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!